SEOUL – August 5, 2014 – With the aim of cooperating on programs related to green growth in developing countries, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Green Technology Center – Korea (GTC-K) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today. The MOU was signed by GGGI Director-General, Yvo de Boer, and President of the GTC-K, Changmo Sung at a formal ceremony at GGGI’s Seoul headquarters.
The agreement states that the two organizations will cooperate in areas of research and action. GGGI and GTC-K will also work to support the exchange of experts between the two organizations, share institutional knowledge and experience on green growth strategies, and organize workshops, seminars, and training courses on topics of mutual interest.
The collaboration between the two organizations has already begun. In July, GTC-K and GGGI’s Mongolia team conducted a technical assessment of buildings in an environmental context in Ulaanbaatar and second cities in Mongolia. The team met with Minister Oyun of the Ministry of Environment and Green Development as well as senior officials of the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Energy. GGGI and GTC-K are in discussions to develop a comprehensive capacity building program regarding green growth and green technology in Mongolia in upcoming months.
“I appreciate this partnership as an opportunity to explore how technology can be applied appropriately to provide solutions to the challenges we face both globally and locally, such as climate change, energy security, food security, water, material scarcity, loss of biodiversity, and deforestation,” said Mr. de Boer.
“This agreement is very meaningful to us, and we look forward to working together with GGGI,” said GTC-K’s Mr. Sung.
Based in Seoul, GGGI is an intergovernmental organization founded to support and promote a new model of economic growth known as “green growth.” The organization partners with countries to help them build economies that grow strongly and are more efficient and sustainable in the use of natural resources, less carbon intensive, and more resilient to climate change. GGGI’s experts are already working with governments around the world, building their capacity and working collaboratively on green growth policies that can impact the lives of millions.